Olympus has fallen 3/4 – a film review by James Berardinelli

April 18, 2013 by  

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There’s irony to be found in the recognition that the best Die Hard to be released in 2013 isn’t the franchise’s official entry, A Good Day to Die Hard, but the White House-based copycat, Olympus Has Fallen. Read more

Warm Bodies 2½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

April 11, 2013 by  

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As if it wasn’t bad enough that Twilight defanged vampires, turning them into whiny emo Harlequin romance heroes, now Warm Bodies has done something similar for zombies. Read more

Hyde Park on Hudson 2½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

March 28, 2013 by  

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Hyde Park on Hudson represents the odd marriage of an uninteresting, borderline-creepy “romance” and a peek behind the scenes of a notable but unsung historical event. 2012 has seen dramatizations of eras from the administrations of two of America’s greatest leaders. Read more

Rust and Bone 3/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

March 28, 2013 by  

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When Rust and Bone tells a story of a woman’s recovery from a devastating injury, it hits all the right notes, traveling a path that is poignant without being mawkish and triumphant without being saccharine. Read more

Broken City **/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

March 7, 2013 by  

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Broken City? More appropriately, Broken Movie. Read more

Side Effects ***/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

February 28, 2013 by  

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There’s something delightfully old-fashioned about Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects. Read more

The Paper Boy **½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

February 28, 2013 by  

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Whatever else it may be cited for, The Paperboy, Lee Daniels’ follow-up to Precious, is not going be called “the feel-good movie of 2012.” Read more

Cloud Atlas ***/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

February 28, 2013 by  

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Based on a perusal of reviews for Cloud Atlas, one might be convinced that the sprawling, ambitious, epic adaptation of David Mitchell’s 2004 novel is either a masterpiece or an unmitigated disaster. Read more

The Last Stand **½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

February 21, 2013 by  

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Old action heroes don’t die or fade away; they just keep going. Read more

Amour ***½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

February 21, 2013 by  

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Films can be tremendous vehicles for escapism – paths to freeing oneself from worldly concerns and considerations. They can also be a means of getting in touch with essential elements of humanity such as love, sacrifice, and mortality. Read more

Beautiful Creatures **½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

February 21, 2013 by  

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Beautiful Creatures is the latest attempt by a Hollywood studio to cash in on the popularity of a YA (Young Adult) series. In this case, instead of vampires and werewolves, it’s witches and warlocks. Read more

Safe Haven **/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

February 14, 2013 by  

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It’s pointless criticizing a Nicholas Sparks movie for being a Nicholas Sparks movie. Sparks, like Barbara Cartland before him, delivers exactly what his fans want: romance between two attractive people. Read more

Anna Karenina ***/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

February 14, 2013 by  

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Like Frankenstein and Hamlet, Anna Karenina is a literary touchstone that filmmakers return to on a regular basis. Read more

Lincoln ***½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

February 7, 2013 by  

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One of the many, many smart decisions made by director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner when developing Lincoln was not to make it a traditional bio-pic of the 16th U.S. president. Read more

Silver Linings Playbook ***½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

January 31, 2013 by  

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silver liningsSilver Linings Playbook is a quirky adult romantic comedy that goes beyond the standard rhythms of the genre. Read more

Zero Dark Thirty ***½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

January 31, 2013 by  

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Zero Dark Thirty is a compelling contemporary thriller with the added benefit of also being an engrossing character study. Read more

Flight ***½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

January 31, 2013 by  

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Flight is about addiction. In particular, it’s about the long spiral that comes between the period when a person begins imbibing too much and when he acknowledges that he no longer has control and needs help. Read more

Compliance ***½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

January 17, 2013 by  

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Most of the time, I am irritated when a movie proclaims to be “based on a true story”…writes James Berardinelli. Read more

This is 40 ***/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

January 17, 2013 by  

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This is 40 has the feel of one of those French “family comedies” – sort of like the kind of thing brought to the screen by Cedric Klapisch, except with more profanity and vulgarity…writes James Berardinelli. Read more

Hitchcock 3/4 : a film review by James Berardinelli

January 10, 2013 by  

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Hitchcock could be construed as a misleading title for this motion picture. A better name might have been The Making of Psycho, although that might have led to confusion with a DVD supplemental feature…writes James Berardinelli. Read more

Les Miserables 3½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

December 30, 2012 by  

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Les Miserables, believed by some to be the best novel ever penned in French, has been adapted in nearly every form imaginable, including dozens of movies, television mini-series in French and English, loose “thematic reworkings,” and comic books…writes James Berardinelli. Read more

The Hobbit 3/4: A movie review by James Berardinelli

December 19, 2012 by  

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In 2001, only a few months after the fall of the World Trade Center, Peter Jackson swept us away to Middle Earth with The Fellowship of the Ring..writes James Berardinelli. Read more

Rise of the Guardians 3/4: A movie review by James Berardinelli

December 13, 2012 by  

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The summer of 2012 was dismal for animated fare but, with releases like Frankenweenie, Wreck-It Ralph, and Rise of the Guardians, things have taken a turn for the better during the autumn…writes James Berardinelli. Read more

Liberal Arts 3/4: A movie review by James Berardinelli

December 13, 2012 by  

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Liberal Arts is a parfait – a light, enjoyable concoction that goes down easily but doesn’t linger…writes James Berardinelli. Read more

Pitch Perfect 2/4: a movie review from James Berardinelli

December 6, 2012 by  

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Pitch Perfect looks, sounds, and feels like pretty much every other movie that features a singing or dancing competition. Read more

God Bless America 3/4: a movie review from James Berardinelli

December 6, 2012 by  

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This is an angry movie. When I write angry, I mean angry. Read more

Trouble with the Curve 2/4: a movie review by James Berardinelli

December 6, 2012 by  

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Following his starring role in 2008′s Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood decided to step away from appearing in front of the cameras. His self-imposed acting hiatus lasted four years. Read more

Celeste and Jesse Forever 3/4: a movie review by James Berardinelli

December 3, 2012 by  

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Celeste and Jesse Forever wants to be marketed as an “anti-romantic comedy,” but, despite its somewhat unconventional storyline, it’s very much about what draws people together into relationships and what pulls them apart. Read more

The Perks of being a Wallflower 3/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

December 3, 2012 by  

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Most of us, even some who were part of the “in crowd,” think of ourselves as having been outsiders during high school. It’s the nature of adolescence. Read more

2 Days in New York 2.5/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

November 22, 2012 by  

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2 Days in New York is a sequel to, and an improvement upon, 2007′s 2 Days in Paris..writes James Berardinelli. Read more

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